The National Flooring Contractors Apprenticeship Program (NFCAP), launched officially in 2020, offers an apprenticeship agenda registered with the Department of Labor. Its goal is to set standards within the flooring industry by training a new generation of flooring tradespeople, who ultimately become professionally certified. Connected to three national vocational schools (Job Corps, YouthBuild and Big Picture Learning) NFCAP now has access to over 200 campuses nationwide. This strong outreach offers students anywhere within the country to receive high-level training. To date, students receive a certified 8-week pre-apprenticeship training program to identify committed prospects that want to join the flooring apprenticeship. Partnering has been established with Certified Flooring Installers (CFI), the National Association of Floor Covering Technicians (NAFCT), the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), and the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) to assist in placing the apprentices and continue training. Via this training course, seasoned employers have the opportunity to hire tradespeople with the highest standards of training.
NFCAP is the brainchild of 32-year-old Carlos Mongalo. He grew up in Miami, helping his father at the family’s flooring installation firm before going to undergraduate in San Francisco, and then graduate school in Miami where he ultimately received his MBA. “Early on in life, I learned about the flooring installation business while helping my dad,” Mongalo stated. “Since graduate school, I wanted to get into nonprofit work to initiate economic development projects in low-income communities. And when I found out that the flooring industry had a national labor shortage crisis, it was the perfect initiative with the support of Lumber Liquidators and Bostik to present the flooring trade to the next generation through an apprenticeship program offering training by top professionals… anywhere within the country?
“We understand each company has a distinct corporate culture, so we tailor each company’s training curriculum in accordance with their unique standards,” continued Mongalo. “Our comprehensive programs discipline apprentices to professionally represent specific companies while working for their customers. NFCAP managers work closely with each company to ensure that apprentices receive the proper training both online and in the classroom. Curriculums focus on the technicality of flooring material, skill sets for different installation methods, and customer service management. Ultimately, when apprentices complete this 3-to-4-year program, they receive official certification from the Department of Labor. The primary NFCAP goal is to train apprentices to develop a professional corporate attitude, giving clients the best possible experiences,” Mongalo stated.
According to Robert Williams, National Sales Manager/National Accounts at Bostik USA, “Like most all construction material suppliers, the flooring industry has experienced a shortage of professional installers… especially regarding ‘new breed,’ younger workers. Bostik is always on the lookout to aid in apprenticeship training programs. And we see this opportunity to partner with NFCAP as being a total win-win situation. Why? Because by assisting the National Job Corps Association, an extension of the Department of Labor (which has over 110 locations nationwide), we can contribute to our industry by offering state-of-the-art training via these highly professional programs throughout the country. Bostik has always believed in contributing to our industry… and working with NFCAP represents an excellent opportunity for all involved,” Williams concluded.
About Bostik Inc., an Arkema Company
Bostik Inc., a subsidiary of the Arkema Group of Companies and a global player in specialty adhesives for the construction, consumer, and industrial markets, develops innovative and multifunctional sealing and bonding solutions that have been shaping our daily lives for over 130 years. With annual sales of 2.1 billion euros in 2019, a presence in more than 40 countries, and 6,000 employees, the Arkema Group is committed to meeting the major ecological, energy, and technological challenges through its innovations. The company is focused on continuous improvement and operational excellence to meet the expectations of its customers and partners.